Historic Hearts medals stolen from Tynecastle

The four missing items taken from Tynecastle. Picture: Contributed

The four missing items taken from Tynecastle. Picture: Contributed

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Police in Edinburgh are appealing for information following the theft of four historic medals and a pocket watch belonging to Hearts from Tynecastle Stadium.

The theft is believed to have happened between 8am and 4.30pm on Wednesday when a display cabinet was forced open and the five items were stolen.

The four missing items are:

An 18ct gold pocket watch, Scottish Football League Championship Winners’ medal 1896 - 1897, won by James Mirk, Scottish Football League Championship Winners’ medal 1894 - 1895 won by George Scott, Victory Cup Final runners-up medal from 1919, awarded to Bob Mercer and a Victory medal awarded posthumously to Harry Wattie who was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

The alarm was raised by a glass cleaner, who noticed the missing items and alerted management.

Following inquiries, it is understood workers at the Stadium noticed a suspicious looking man on the Wednesday, around the time when the items are believed to be have been taken.

The man is described as white, 40 to 45 years of age, 5ft 9in tall, medium build, short ginger hair, clean-shaven, wearing a dark bomber jacket and dark trousers.

Inspector David Hynd from Police Scotland said: “These medals have significant historic value, not just to Heart of Midlothian FC but to the city of Edinburgh.

“We are keen for anyone with any information to come forward and contact Police Scotland.”

Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101.